HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – At one point in “A Good Day To Die Hard,” Bruce Willis’ character, John McClane, is asked:
“Do you always go looking for trouble or does it always find you?” McClane’s answer: “I still ask myself the same question.”
“A Good Day To Die Hard” is Willis’ 5th time portraying McClane in the Die Hard film franchise. After originating the role 25 years ago in the 1988 blockbuster film “Die Hard,” Willis has reprised the role 3 other times: in Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) and Live Free, Die Hard (2007).
Now, five films later, McClane is still a detective with the NYPD. But this time, he’s vacationing in Moscow, looking for his estranged son John McClane, Jr. (aka Jack), portrayed by hunky Australian actor Jai Courtney. While there, he finds himself caught up in a CIA mission with Jack (an undercover CIA agent) to protect a government whistleblower by the name of Komarov.
This latest “Die Hard” film is jam-packed with stunts, car chase scenes, explosions and there are gun fights galore, but – and it pains me to say this because I’m a HUGE fan of all of the previous films in the franchise – the action scenes and stunts just are not enough to enable this film to live up to its predecessors. In fact, after awhile, the explosions and such began to seem like overkill.
But, nevertheless, it was still fun to see Willis back up on the Big Screen reprising his role as John McClane and equally fun to hear him say McClane’s trademark phrase “Yippe Ki-Yay …”
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